32 Centennial Drive,
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
The Centennial course dates from 1973; the Tauhara course from 1931.
18-hole par-72 Tauhara course (5667 metres). The easier Tauhara course, Taupo Golf Club's original course, dates from 1931 as a 9-hole layout, which was extended to 18 in 1954.
2 km NE of Taupo centre
From Hwy 1 at the northern end of Taupo town centre, turn into Spa Road, heading east. Follow Spa Road (which becomes Centennial Drive) and after 1.5 km golf is on your right (about 200 metres after AC Thermal Baths). 3.5 - 4 hour drive from Auckland.
Taupo Golf Club (Centennial course): Located next to the lakeside holiday resort of Taupo, here you'll find a wonderfully natural and well layed-out parkland course. Lake Taupo itself is not in view from the course, but the attractive surrounding rural countryside provides some very pleasant views.
On the front nine loop, several holes are defined by tall eucalyptus and pines, interspersed with smaller trees of many varieties. The second nine-hole loop on the Centennial course (as distinct from Taupo's shorter Tauhara course) becomes more open, so much so that the final few holes occupy an almost moorland environment.
The course is relatively easy to walk. There are some pleasant undulations but nothing too onerous. On the 15th hole a fumerole (short-pipe) gives vent to some thermal activity (rising steam) - never far away in these parts.
Modest bunkering gives some good opportunities to bump and run your approach shots onto the greens. With relatively slow greens to putt on, a good short game should help in getting as close to the pin as possible.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Worth booking ahead to ensure tee-time availability, especially at weekends.
Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.
Lake Taupo is one of New Zealand's busiest outdoor recreation areas, where every imaginable watersport is provided for on the large and impressive lake. The much visited Huka Falls are just north of Taupo and geo-thermal baths and spas can be found throughout this area.
243 Lake Terrace, Taupo
+64 (0)7 378 5110Visit website
Taupo; Wairakei Intl.
112 Tamamutu Street, Lake Taupo
+64 (0)7 376 5720Visit website
Taupo; Wairakei Intl.
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